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Comment eBook piracy is only because of eBook prices (Score 1) 151

The demographic described in this story must be the most likely to comprehend that eBook prices don't make any damn sense. The publishers want $10-$15 for a text file. How is this justifiable? For many titles, that's the price for a hardback copy! A paper book is almost always cheaper than an eBook, but requires actual physical resources for creation and delivery, and has resale value.

Various providers have figured out how to eliminate piracy for music and movies. Is reading books just such a dead pastime that the market doesn't care to offer potential customers the convenience and price point that makes piracy stop making sense?

Comment This means I will be buying fewer games (Score 1) 120

I almost only buy games via codes. For example, I've been looking at the new Doom since before it came out, but $60 for a game is just too damn much to me. Snagged a code on eBay for $24. It was well worth that. I did the same thing with the Arkham series. The Steam store prices are ridiculous.

Comment Read up on the FairTax (Score 1) 917

The FairTax eliminates the IRS and embedded taxes while providing a prebate for all necessities up to the poverty level. Lots of other positive aspects as well. The only downside? It's revenue-neutral, meaning it won't immediately shrink government or our collective tax burden.

Comment Windows 10 (Score 1) 376

My system was built to be a Hackintosh, but I could never get it to work because I missed step 1 in the process: have an existing Mac to make everything you need to install OSX on your Hackintosh.


Windows 10 was stable and fast but the harsh "flat" graphics of the UI ruin it for me. Why would a supposed cutting-edge OS not have cutting-edge visuals?

Comment Why did they make it so ugly? (Score 1) 375

Windows 8 was worse, but Vista and Windows 7 were beautiful. The Aero themes, the shaded window controls, etc. - Vista and 7 were pleasing to the eye. Windows 8 and 10 look like they were just focused on building an OS and planned to add a visual theme later. Or maybe they just liked Windows 3.x so much, they wanted to go back to a flat-looking theme. Either way, I would avoid Windows 10 just because it's ugly even if the data collection concerns didn't exist.

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